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Environment

  • Presentation of evidence of atmospheric pollution by cigarette tobacco smoke

    Presentation of evidence of atmospheric  pollution by cigarette tobacco smoke

    What happens to the cigarette smoke once a cigarette is consumed? Scientific evidence shows that harmful compounds emitted by cigarettes persist in the atmosphere over time even after they are consumed. The first evidence of tobacco atmospheric...

  • Five bright planets now visible

    Five bright planets now visible

    This is a great month for observing planets – with up to five bright planets visible. March marks also the end of Venus as an evening star. The brilliant planet has dominated evening skies over the past few months from 45 million kilometres away;...

  • 3D map tools of Maltese islands launched

    3D map tools of Maltese islands launched

    Cloudisle – a series of baseline 3D maps of Malta that will serve as the base for research in cross-thematic fields – were recently launched by the University of Malta and the Planning Authority. The two entities have successfully brought...

  • The Planning Authority ignores its own experts

    The Planning Authority ignores its own experts

    A deafening silence has greeted the recent publication of statistics regarding the issue of planning permits in Outside Development Zones (ODZ), with the Planning Authority not batting an eyelid about the damning figures. At the Planning...

  • Maltese pyramidal orchid

    Maltese pyramidal orchid

    Local scientists agree that about 27 vascular plants are only found on the Maltese islands  and defined as endemic plants. They are all equally important species for the ecology of our islands but perhaps many agree that the most attractive is the...

  • All is set for March walks

    All is set for March walks

    Spring is in the air. The sky brightens, daylight grows longer and in the clear bright atmospheric conditions so unique to our Mediterranean region ramblers will in March relish the splendour of contrasting hues and shades offered by the open...

  • Arctic windmills maybe?

    Arctic windmills maybe?

    Scientists battle it out on the Ars Technica news forum, over the best way to stop the Arctic becoming ‘toast’. With the other hand they fend off climate-sceptic trolls. Now a new wave of sceptics has appeared. They say rude things about the old...

  • No more tears as otter cubs return to the wild

    No more tears as otter cubs return to the wild

    An otter cub found crying on a doorstep has been successfully returned to the wild after a year in care. The cub, named Gribun, was around eight weeks old when it was found and taken into the care of the SSPCA. Another young otter, Rush, was also...

  • North Pole research vessel mission 'could improve climate forecasts'

    North Pole research vessel mission 'could improve climate forecasts'

    A daring attempt to send a research vessel completely trapped in ice across the North Pole could lead to more accurate weather and climate forecasts, say scientists. Stranded and unable to move, the RV Polarstern will be carried by slowly flowing...

  • Archbishop visits green roof project at University

    Archbishop visits green roof project at University

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna recently visited the Life Med Green Roof project at the University of Malta’s Faculty for the Built Environment. The project aims to create a baseline study on green roofs to encourage the adoption of the technology in...

  • Research on environmentally friendly method for the production of medicine

    Research conducted by Nicolette Sammut Bartolo from the University of Malta’s Department of Pharmacy for the award a Doctor in Philosophy degree specialising in synthesis using green chemis­try has led to the development of a synthetic process for...

  • Why the environment will not be an electoral issue

    Why the environment will not be an electoral issue

    Malta is currently bracing itself for the periodic state of suspended animation known as an electoral campaign when even the most level-headed citizens of the country lose their marbles in their quest for a seat in Parliament. A few weeks ago,...

  • Tiny plastc 'nurdles' discovered on 73 per cent of beaches in nationwide search in UK

    Tiny plastc 'nurdles' discovered on 73 per cent of beaches in nationwide search in UK

    A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets. The lentil-sized pellets known as "nurdles" are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic products. But...

  • City butterflies struggling harder to survive than their country cousins

    City butterflies struggling harder to survive than their country cousins

    Butterflies are declining more dramatically in towns and cities than in the countryside, a study has revealed. Changes to gardens, increased pollution, development and loss of habitats such as wildlife-friendly brownfield sites are among the...

  • European Commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches

    European Commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches

    The European Commission has sent a "final warning" to the UK for failing to address repeated breaches of legal air pollution limits in 16 areas including London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Glasgow. The UK is one of five countries served with the...

  • Ocean literacy conference to be held in Malta

    Ocean literacy conference to be held in Malta

    Europe's next ocean literacy conference is to be hosted by the University of Malta this coming October.  The European Marine Science Educators Association event will focus on promoting a greater greater awareness of the sea and the role it plays...

  • Promoting green staff travel

    Promoting green staff travel

    Persuading people to give up their cars will almost certainly only happen if there is some form of incentive or viable alternative. The Planning Authority is offering its employees incentives to commute to work in a green way. The authority...

  • Closing the water cycle

    Closing the water cycle

    Water, or rather the lack of it, is expected to become more of a problem for countries in southern Europe in the years ahead. Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain have been relying increasingly on desalinated water at great cost for...

  • Talk on the use of software to boost energy efficiency

    Prof. Vytautas Siozinys recently delivered a lecture entitled ‘Software-based Solutions in the Renewable Energy Sector’ at the Malta College of Art, Science and Technology’s Institute of Engineering and Transport. Prof. Siozinys is an associate...

  • Best time of year to look at the stars and planets

    Best time of year to look at the stars and planets

    This month we are presented with some of the best evening skies for this year. The planet Venus blazes in the west and continues to dominate the evening sky in February, while Orion hangs high above it. The cold dark nights offer splendid views of...

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